Ted Lewis was already a seasoned political organizer and educator when he started the Mexico program at Global Exchange in 1995.
Earlier professional highlights include his founding of a school that sent year-long solidarity delegations to Central America and Southern Africa in the late 1980s. In 1990 he organized a month long civil observation mission to Nicaragua’s landmark post revolutionary elections.
Then after three years of teaching, Ted organized another international election observation mission, this time for the 1994 Presidential elections in Mexico. To build this delegation he forged an alliance between the National Lawyers Guild, Global Exchange, and Harvard University’s International Education Program -- where he was a student at the time.
As a result of this collaboration Global Exchange invited Ted to build a program of exchange and solidarity with Mexico’s civil and human rights movements focused on human rights observation in conflictive areas and reporting as well as strategic election observation.
In recent years Ted has focused supporting Mexican organizations working to end the murders, corruption and impunity resulting from misguided drug policy designed in the United States. During 2011 and 2012 Ted took a leading role in organizing the Caravan for Peace that brought dozens of Mexican drug war victims to tell their stories and appeal for change in 27 cities across the United States.
Ted Lewis has been published and cited widely in newspapers, magazines, television and radio locally and nationally in the U.S as well as in Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere: New York Times, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNN en Español, Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, Televisa, Rompevientos TV, Fox News, Daily Show, Democracy Now! , NPR (Morning Edition/All Things Considered), San Diego Union Tribune, SF Chronicle, LA Jornada, La Reforma, El Proceso, Semana (Colombia), Los Angeles Times, AP, AFP, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Examiner, Common Dreams, Huffington Post, and many others.
- Militarization in Mexico and the U.S. Connection
- Why We Must Leave Iraq
Recent speaking engagements include:
Tec de Monterrey
XIX Simposio de Relaciones Internacionales; “Esenarios: de cooperación y conflicto”
Monterrey, Mexico. April 17, 2013
Organization of American States
54th Policy Roundtable “Forum Discussing the Drug Problem in the Americas
Washington, DC November 12, 2013
Seminario de Articulación Regional: Migrar con Dignidad
Mexico City December 17, 2013
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Ted please email him at ted [at] globalexchange [dot] org